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Honduras Mission Initiative
The United Methodist Church in Honduras continues to grow, particularly in the urban areas of the country. In 2014, several church facilities were constructed or remodeled using local resources, three congregations were formed, and two avanzadas (missions) became congregations. The Honduras Mission Initiative has set the goal to become a Provisional United Methodist Annual Conference by 2020 and commission Local Elders in Mission as they continue to grow through the development of congregations, house churches, and small groups.
The 19 churches and avanzadas and 46 other faith communities have developed men’s, women’s, and youth groups, and also published Christian education resources. The initiative continues to grow with the support of missionaries and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, which indirectly relates to church development, and generally strengthens the mission. Volunteers provide support in the areas of construction, education, environmental ministries, health care, and economic development. Bishop Elias G. Galvan provides episcopal oversight for the mission.
Most of the faith communities in Honduras are in rural areas and involve large numbers of women and children. While local churches are able to fund local work, the majority of churches are unable to provide salaries and benefits for pastors.
There is also a need to train leaders and pastors, particularly among indigenous Hondurans. Theology, spiritual formation, and pastoral and Methodist studies have been identified as critical needs. Only two indigenous mission pastors have a university or professional degree.
Missionaries have played multiple roles in Honduras such as preacher, teacher, church planter, entrepreneur, healer, organizer, agronomist, and evangelist. View the right sidebar for current missionaries in Honduras.
In Mission Together Partnerships
The In Mission Together coordinator provides training for U.S. churches to develop healthy partnerships as they move from short-term ministry to long-term relationships that build the capacity of the church in Honduras. The coordinator also connects the church in the United States with ministry in Honduras and assists with communication between the two. The In Mission Together coordinator for Honduras is Greg Gelzinnis (firstname.lastname@example.org). Share your prayers and get real time updates by joining the Facebook group page for this Mission Initiative. Visit the page and click on “Join Group” to become a part of the conversation.
For more information or to become involved please contact the Rev. Edgar Avitia, regional executive for Honduras (email@example.com) or you can give to the Honduras Mission Initiative, Advance #12928A.